11/15 Cubs to meet again with Sveum
The Cubs will meet Wednesday with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who was coming to Milwaukee to talk to the Red Sox about their managerial opening. If both the Cubs and Red Sox pick Sveum, it may be up to him to chose which team he wants.
“I’m not sure that the right person is the same person for both jobs,” Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Tuesday. “But, you know, we don’t have the field to ourselves so that is a factor and it affects timing more than anything. I do think that the jobs are different and the same person is not necessarily the right fit for both jobs.”
It’s not just a matter of picking American League over National League or Fenway Park vs. Wrigley Field. The two teams finished with nearly reverse records as the Red Sox finished 90-72 and in third in the AL East, while the Cubs were 71-91 and fifth in the NL Central. The Cubs have more retooling to do.
“Right now, we’re just focused on getting all the answers and answering the questions we need to have answered,” GM Jed Hoyer said of the managerial search. “We’re not focusing on the Red Sox and what they’re doing. We’re trying to make sure we make the right decision for the Cubs.”
Hoyer said there is no favorite among the candidates and no deadline to select one. Hoyer and Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, have done follow ups with the six interviewed so far. The list includes Sveum, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and former Boston manager Terry Francona.
Maddux declined to meet with the Red Sox about their opening because of family concerns. He has finally settled in the Dallas area with his two daughters, who are in college. Asked if family was still an issue, Hoyer said they’ve had additional discussions with Maddux.
“It’s still something he’s weighing,” Hoyer said. “Those considerations haven’t gone away. I’m not going to comment on where he is on that. It’s a big factor. I think it’s a factor for everyone. In his case, I think it weighs more heavily.”
– Carrie Muskat